Sunday, June 07, 2020

We strongly want to voice our support for this week’s House of Representatives resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

More so, we want to thank the House for expanding anti-Semitism’s definition to include “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations; Whereas the myth of dual loyalty, including allegations that Jews should be suspected of being disloyal neighbors or citizens, has been used to marginalize and persecute the Jewish people for centuries for being a stateless minority.”

The resolution indicates that anti-Semitism consists of discriminatory acts toward people who are Jewish on the basis of their identity.

Whether the resolution was a reaction to the shootings at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue, a 37 percent increase in acts of anti-Semitism in this country or other reasons, perhaps the tipping point for the measure came from the words of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of this nation’s first two congresswomen of Islamic faith, who was quoted as questioning “the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

She has ostensibly doubled down on her earlier anti-Semitic rhetoric after earlier apologies. She is joined in similar thinking by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who is also a fierce critic of Israel and pro-BDS. Omar, however, sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. We wonder what it’s going to take for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove this toxic voice from such an important panel.

Yes, this great nation of ours is a place where people of any religion can be elected to office. As the House of Representatives just showed us, the nation is also great because it protects its citizens and their identities as well.

No, the resolution did not mention Omar by name. We hope that she and others of similar thought heard it loud and clear.